Friday, November 29, 2013

Catching Fire

Yesterday I finally watched Catching Fire. As a J-Law fanboy - isn't she just perfect? - and huge fan of the books and first movie, I had intended to watch it earlier, but I had won 4 tickets for Thursday via a contest I forgot I had even participated in, so jot that down. Of course I took my beautiful girlfriend Cuteness Everdeen Sarah, my filmmaking sister Margot, and my cartoonist brother Marlon. I was ape-shit excited! The book had blown my mind, the trailer looked awesome, all the abribuses appeared to speak to me personally, Rue's whistle made hourly appearances on the radio at work, and all the crazy positive tweets on my timeline didn't excactly make my life easier.

Katniss' act of defiance in the previous games, which sparked rebellions in several of the Panem districts, didn't bode particularly well with President Snow (Donald Sutherland). He orders Katniss to convince the entire country of her love for Peeta, threatening to kill her, Gale (Thor's brother Liam Hemsworth), Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), and their families if she refuses to cooperate. Naturally, Snow's plan backfires, and things get even more out of hand. He then decides to exterminate all hope in the districts by eliminating Katniss and 23 other former Victors in a memorable Quarter Quell edition of the Hunger games. But things don't go quite as Snow had expected.

I absolutely loved Catching Fire. Austrian director Francis Lawrence gratefully and beautifully used the increased budget to create a movie that was not only bigger and more prestigious than The Hunger Games - it was also darker and grimmer than its predecessor. All the core actors remain, and powerful new ones - most notably Philip Seymour Hoffman (Heavensbee), Sam Claflin (Finnick) and Jena Malone (Johanna) - came aboard to further fortify the cast. Catching Fire is a 146-minute long spectacle of love, freedom and sacrifice that will bring you to the edge of your seat and leave you wanting much, much more. Luckily, the odds are in our favor: the first part of Mockingjay will be released within a year.


  1. It does feel like a filler addition to the franchise at times, but still is worth your time and money. Good review Matteo.

    1. It kind of is, but it still manages to be a powerful movie on its own while simultaneously setting the table for Mockingjay. Thanks for your comment! I bookmarked your blog so that I can check out some of your reviews :-)